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        The Landscape of the Pacific Northwest

        Explore the landscape and flora of the Pacific Northwest of the United States in this gallery of images from NASA. Photographic images taken from the International Space Station provide an overhead view of the region to show the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, forested regions, and the rain shadow effect of the mountains. Additional images at successively closer viewpoints show different perspectives of the region and provide a closer look at some of the vegetation in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park.

        To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

        Panorama of the Pacific Northwest

        This panoramic photograph of the Pacific Northwest of the United States was taken by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

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        The Olympic Peninsula

        This image of the Olympic Peninsula was captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

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        The Olympic Mountains

        This photograph shows the western side of the Olympic Mountains as viewed from the Quinault Indian Reservation.

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        Olympic National Park

        This photograph was taken in Olympic National Park.

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        The Hoh Rain Forest

        This photograph provides a sample of the lush plant life in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park.

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